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October 30th, 2007
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From:candrawest
Date:October 30th, 2007 10:44 pm (UTC)
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I think the issue with companion novels vs. sequels is that the plots have nothing to do with each other, they just share characters. I have a signed copy of Silent to the Bone that Ms. Konigsberg sent me after I wrote her a letter telling her how much it affected me. She credited me with getting her writing again. It's a prized possession.

Silent was written first (I believe), is set some 14 years later when Margaret's half-brother, Connor, is about 12. Silent is really about Connor's best friend Bran, though Connor is the narrator. Margaret and Connor's father is a peripheral character, the uncles are mentioned only that Margaret inherited her house from them. So essentially a companion novel in this case likely means that Ms. Konigsberg liked Margaret so much that she wished to spend more time with her and felt there was a compelling story to tell there, but that really had very little to do with the events of Silent to the Bone.
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From:mofic
Date:October 31st, 2007 10:27 am (UTC)
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Wow! on being Konigsberg's inspiration. And your explanation of companion novels makes sense. I did know the connection between the two books and mean to read that one.
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From:candrawest
Date:November 1st, 2007 10:31 am (UTC)
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I was completely blown away by it. The note she sent with the book said that several months of difficult personal circumstances had prevented her writing, but that my letter gave her hope and optimism that her writing means something to someone. I didn't think the letter was that stunning, just painfully honest about why the book touched me as it did. Obviously, however, to her, it was much more profound.
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From:mofic
Date:November 1st, 2007 02:21 pm (UTC)
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You never know how you affect people - until they tell you.
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